Barry's Sarah Goldberg Breaks Down the Epic Season 2 Monologue That Cinched Her Emmy Nomination

TVLine | 8/21/2019 | Dave Nemetz
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Barry star Sarah Goldberg now has something on her résumé that her character Sally is still dreaming of: an Emmy nomination.

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Goldberg’s work as self-involved actress Sally in Season 2 of HBO’s pitch-black comedy earned her a nod for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, alongside big names like SNL‘s Kate McKinnon and Oscar winner Olivia Colman. (Goldberg was actually in Greece with her boyfriend when the nominations were announced, so she was “the last to know,” she says.) Sally’s years of toiling away in Hollywood finally seemed to be paying off this season, but when Barry stumbled into a coveted audition for a big studio comedy in Episode 7, an envious Sally unloaded on him in a three-minute, stream-of-consciousness rant filled with resentment towards his instant success, anxiety about her own career trajectory and so much more — so it’s no surprise that Goldberg ended up submitting that episode for Emmy consideration.

“Sally doesn’t really have a filter,” Goldberg tells TVLine with a laugh… and that monologue didn’t really give her a chance to take a breath, either, she remembers. Star/co-creator Bill Hader “pitched the idea to me early on when we were shooting the season… ‘We’re just gonna write two pages, no punctuation. It’ll be like one long run-on sentence. Don’t even breathe. You’re just gonna keep talking.'” They went off and wrote a draft of her speech, “and Bill very generously gave me that draft and said, ‘Here’s the scaffolding. Now go away and do your Sally spin on it.’ So I got to have a lot of input and fun adding in asides and all kinds of meta jokes that we were experiencing in the shooting of Season 2.”

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Goldberg took Sally’s speech “and rehearsed it like a piece of...
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